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More low energy homes to be built in Killarney

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HOUSING: Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD, pictured on a site visit to the Clœuid housing developments at Derreen, Killarney on Friday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

By Michelle Crean

More low energy houses are to be built in Killarney - at one of Ireland’s largest sustainable social housing developments – it was announced on Friday.

The news came during a visit by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at the Sruthán na Sailí development in Derreen, Killarney.

The Derreen development, which commenced in January 2019, consists of 61 two and three-bed dwellings, built using themohouse’s unique low energy building system.

Due for completion in early 2020, this is one of Clúid’s largest new build developments currently under construction.

Cluid is a not-for-profit housing organisation, delivering high quality, affordable homes to people in housing need.

As well as being up to 60 percent faster than traditional construction, the houses have superior levels of airtightness, considerably reducing their heating costs. These houses are ‘nearly Zero-Energy Building’ (nZEB) compliant as mandated by the EU energy directive for new builds completed after 31 December 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome Minister Murphy to the development here in Killarney, as it enters the second stage of construction,” James O’Halloran, New Business Manager of Clúid said.

“An innovative social housing project in Ireland, it not only addresses the need for rapid-build homes but also creates greener, more energy efficient buildings, with lower fuel bills. Partnering with Kerry County Council, Rebuilding Ireland and themohouse, who deliver residential projects across Ireland and the UK, has allowed us to meet our goal of providing high quality housing for those who need it, here in Kerry.”

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Insurance for building contractors

What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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